Erythropoietin and the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis in infants with very low birth weight.

@article{Ledbetter2000ErythropoietinAT,
  title={Erythropoietin and the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis in infants with very low birth weight.},
  author={Daniel J. Ledbetter and Sandra E Juul},
  journal={Journal of pediatric surgery},
  year={2000},
  volume={35 2},
  pages={178-81; discussion 182}
}
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE The presence of erythropoietin (Epo) in human milk and the expression of Epo receptors on intestinal villous enterocytes of neonates suggest that Epo has a role in growth and development of the gastrointestinal tract. On this basis, the authors hypothesized that recombinant Epo (rEpo) given for prevention or treatment of the anemia of prematurity would protect against necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). METHODS A retrospective cohort study was conducted from a university… CONTINUE READING
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